The Peloponnesian War: A Military Study / Edition 1

The Peloponnesian War: A Military Study / Edition 1

by Professor J F Lazenby, J.F Lazenby
     
 

The range and extent of the Peloponnesian War of the fifth century BC has led to it being described as a 'world war' in miniature. With the struggle between Athens and Sparta at its core, the twenty-seven-year conflict drew in states from all points of the compass; from Byzantion in the north, Crete in the south, Asia Minor in the east and Sicily in the

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The range and extent of the Peloponnesian War of the fifth century BC has led to it being described as a 'world war' in miniature. With the struggle between Athens and Sparta at its core, the twenty-seven-year conflict drew in states from all points of the compass; from Byzantion in the north, Crete in the south, Asia Minor in the east and Sicily in the west.
Since Thucydides described the war as 'the greatest disturbance to befall the Greeks' numerous studies have been made of individual episodes and topics. This authoritative work is the first single-volume study of the entire war to be published in over seventy-five years. Lazenby avoids the tendency of allowing historiography to obscure the analysis, and while paying due attention to detail, also looks at the fundamental questions of warfare raised by the conflict.
Within a narrative framework, Lazenby concentrates on the fighting itself, and examining the way in which both strategy and tactics developed as the conflict spread. Not afraid to challenge accepted views, he assesses the war as a military rather than a political endeavour, evaluating issues such as the advantages and limitations of sea power. A readable and clear survey, this text offers a balanced discussion of controversial themes, and will appeal to ancient historians, classicists and all those who are interested in military history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415326155
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Warfare and History Series
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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John Lazenby is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at Newcastle University.

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Table of Contents

List of maps
Preface
List of abbreviations
Note on spelling and transliteration
1Background1
2Causes16
3Stalemate31
4Interlude49
5Athens ascendant67
6Sparta resurgent83
7Phoney peace106
8Sicilian adventure131
9Disaster in Sicily149
10A different kind of war170
11War in the north195
12Rearguard action217
13Endgame237
14Conclusions251
App.: the sources258
Notes260
Bibliography293
Index296

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